THE FEDERATION’S Finchley Central Synagogue will next month bid farewell to Rabbi Zvi Telsner, its spiritual leader for 23 years.
American-born Rabbi Telsner and his wife Miriam, who have 12 children, are going to Melbourne, where he will take up a leading role in the Chabad community, currently headed by his father-in-law Rabbi Yitzhak Groner.
A selection committee has been appointed to find a successor to Rabbi Telsner, who worked part-time at Finchley and part-time with Lubavitch UK.
Finchley Synagogue president Morris Reich told the JC that Rabbi Telsner had demonstrated tremendous commitment to the community: “He did virtu-
JAY GRENBY ally a full-time job for us on part-time pay, and it goes without saying that we will be very sorry to lose him.”
Rabbi Telsner, who has run and participated in educational programmes for the United Synagogue, was “not only a great scholar but also a powerful orator”, said Mr Reich.
The Finchley congregation is arranging a farewell party for their minister before his mid-February departure.
Mr Reich said several candidates were being considered “but after Rabbi Telsner, we have high expectations”.